- Traffic chaos at Patto Plaza as bridge works closes an exit
Traffic chaos at Patto Plaza as bridge works closes an exit
Commuters delayed by 45 minutes due to traffic jam; Traffic police spring into action to clear the road
PANJIM: A major traffic jam at EDC Patto Plaza on Wednesday evening following the closure of one of the exits of the area due to the ongoing construction work of the new cable stayed bridge over River Mandovi, kept motorists stranded for a while.
Sources said that L&T had closed an exit road due to digging to lay the foundation for one of the pillars.
Speaking to Herald, a Panjim Traffic Police official present on the spot said, “The major reason for today’s traffic jam was that one of the exits of Patto Plaza was closed as L&T, who are the bridge contractors had started digging exactly on the exit to put up the bridge pillar and the heavy machinery in place forced all the vehicles including the cars and buses to take the route along the Goa Tourism office.”
He added, “We immediately sprung into action and the traffic was brought under control within 50 minutes. Along with this there were other roads which had also been diverted which further caused traffic jams.”
Office goers speaking to Herald, said the traffic chaos gave rise to minor accidents leading to car owners parking their cars in the middle of the road and arguing thus bringing the traffic to a complete standstill. Commuters were frustrated as they reached their destinations about 45 minutes late.
“Today’s traffic jam was massive, it took us almost 30 minutes to reach Panjim from Porvorim. Someone told us that due to the ongoing construction of the new bridge caused the traffic,” said Vailan D’costa, a resident of Parra.
Another local Vignesh Borkar said, “With the new year celebrations round the corner, traffic police will be put to test in handling the traffic on the roads because it will be a complete mess. It is an everyday scene now.”
According to daily travellers, a 15-minute trip from Mapusa to Panjim now takes over an hour. “Since the construction began, commuters have experienced nightmarish traffic conditions. The bridge needs to come up fast,” said Vignesh Patil, a resident of Porvorim.
From the time the work on the third bridge has started, residents of Penha de Franca, especially, residents of Supra Valley, Journalists Colony, Ekta Nagar, Pundalik Nagar and Secretariat along with Patto areas are suffering due to the massive traffic jams.